Epitheton: Very common figure that uses an adjective or adjectival phrase to characterize a person, thing, attribute, or quality; the use of a qualifying word or phrase to further describe something (e.g., "fun ride,"  "bad omen," "cheerful giver," "good and decent man")

 

 

Examples  

"For if this book is a joke, it is a joke against me. It recounts my elephantine adventures in pursuit of the obvious."

-- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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"Now, ordinarily -- ordinarily, I would not take time out from the important work at hand to answer Murrow. However, in this case I feel justified in doing so because Murrow is a symbol, a leader, and the cleverest of the jackal pack which is always found at the throat of anyone who dares to expose individual Communists and traitors."

-- Joseph McCarthy, CBS television prosecution of E.R. Murrow

"I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice."

-- Martin Luther King, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance

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"Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, scrapes together what few coins she has to send that child to school -- because she believes that a cruel world still has a place for that child's dreams."

-- Barack Obama, Nobel Prize for Peace Lecture

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"And that's the foreign policy I want -- an America outside all these entangling alliances...."

-- Pat Buchanan, Interview with Rush Limbaugh

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"Now, in this anxious autumn from those heroic men, there comes back an answering appeal."

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952 Stump Speech

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"Western European nations show their determination to resist aggression. All could acquire an unbreakable strength if bundled together."

--  Bernard Baruch, On the Cold War

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"We stand today on one of the strange promontories of human history."

-- Thomas E. Dewey, 1944 Eve of Election Address

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"I will give the people a vision of Rome and they'll love me for it. And they'll soon forget the tedious sermonizing of a few dry old men."

-- delivered by Joaquin Phoenix (from the movie Gladiator)

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